The AfriCAN Climate Good Practice Award will be presented this month to Mr Dinesh Tembhekar, the Managing Director of Lean Energy Solutions. A Kenyan company founded in 2007, Lean Energy Solutions converts conventional fossil-fuel boilers and furnaces to operate on the company's Lean Briqs, a sustainable fuel source created by compacting bagasse waste from sugar mills into briquettes.
The company works with its clients on a BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) basis, with a contract period of seven to ten years. Eight companies in Kenya have already installed Lean Energy Solutions' low-carbon technology, thereby achieving cost savings of 25 per cent.
In the words of Dr. Rocio Diaz Chavez (Imperial College London), scientific coordinator of the AfriCAN Climate project and a member of our Editorial Board: "The main benefits of this project are that it provides employment to women and youth, it contributes to saving emissions and to avoid deforestation from charcoal production."